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America (American Woman on Horseback in the Snow)

Utagawa Hiroshige II, Japanese, 1826 - 1869. Published by Jōshūya Jūzō, Kinjūdō. Engraved by Hori Yasu(?).

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)


Color woodcut

Sheet (Ōban tate-e): 14 × 9 3/4 inches (35.6 × 24.8 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund and with funds contributed by Lessing J. Rosenwald, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Hauslohner, Dr. Emanuel Wolff, the Derald and Janet Ruttenberg Foundation, Mrs. Edward G. Budd, Jr., and David P. Willis, 1968

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Representations of America often included a woman wearing a type of feathered hat vaguely resembling a pineapple-like crown, a bizarre fashion accessory that was apparently inspired by a profile on a U.S. coin. Illustrations of Native Americans wearing feathered headdresses may also have served as sources of inspiration for this hat style.